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Sympathy, any conformity; agreement of disposition, or of fortune, or of rank, or of age etc.: “no flower was nigh . . . but stole his blood and seemed with him to bleed. This solemn s. poor Venus noteth,” Ven. 1057. “even so the maid with swelling drops gan wet her circled eyne, enforced by s. of those fair suns set in her mistress' sky, who in a salt-waved ocean quench their light,” Lucr. 1229 (s. of, objectively, == s. with; cf. the verb). “you are not young, no more am I; go to then, there's s.: you are merry, so am I; ha, ha! then there's more s.: you love sack, and so do I; would you desire better s.?” Wiv. II, 1, 7. Wiv. II, 1, 7 Wiv. II, 1, 7 “if there were a s. in love,” Mids. I, 1, 141 (i. e. no difference in blood, or rank, or age). “if that thy valour stand on s.” R2 IV, 33 (equality of blood and rank. Ff --es). “if s. of love unite our thoughts,” H6B I, 1, 23. “what a s. of woe is this,” Tit. III, 1, 148 (not fellow-feeling, not a state of being affected by the sufferings of another, but correspondence, similarity of suffering). “he is even in my mistress' case, just in her case! O woful s.!” Rom. III, 3, 85. “s. in years, manners and beauties,” Oth. II, 1, 232. “be what it is, the action of my life is like it, which I'll keep, if but for s.” Cymb. V, 4, 151 (as I am in the same situation).
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